So here are my baseline photos. I’ve done a lot of before photos, but these are definately the worst. In the top photo I’m wearring my favorite red dress and with my arms flat on my sides, I look pretty good. No bulges or sags. However I tend to move my arms to pick up a glass, wave a cab or tie on a scarf and then you can see where attention needs to be paid. In the second picture you can see the wrinkly bits under the arms and the skin hangs lose where the triceps are invisable. In the third photo I am actually trying to flex my biceps on top and you can see there are no biceps. The best I can say is that there is much room for improvement.
There are literally hundreds of trainers, books, and videos that PROMISE to help you lose weight and shape-up. Reputable experts admit that spot exercises that aim to mold specific areas do not reduce weight but build muscle for a better line. When I carried an extra ten pounds I didn’t even try to include weight bearing exercies, since I felt the extra fat would make spot exercises pretty useless. Currently I’m a trim size eight so its a perfect time to test out body shaping.
In the past my exercise plans started with a shopping trip to buy the right clothes, sneakers and equipment. Some of the experts recommend using a big ball while others swear by rubber bands with handles. Rather than go out for more toys, this time I’ve decided to start simply with the set of three pound weights I already own and concentrate on my triceps and biceps. And rather than buying another book or video, I went online and downloaded some free exercises. Trying to read the exercises, follow the instructions and watching my form in the mirror I managed to clonk myself on my forehead or neck with almost every move. Each move called for 2-3 sets of 10 reps and I kept getting clobbered. Clearly I needed more help. Next I’m going to try a video so I can follow along.